Board of Directors (2017 – 2020)
Jaclyn Fabre (President/Treasurer) – USA
Jaclyn Phuong Fabre started working in the nonprofit sector as a volunteer with Legal Assistance for Vietnamese Asylum Seekers (LAVAS) and worked in Hong Kong with US attorneys to provide pro bono legal representation to Vietnamese boat people. She later became LAVAS executive director. She then joined Canal Community Alliance as the associate director, and then Cupertino Community Services, as the executive director. Both agencies were community-based organizations providing a continuum of services to the working poor, including food, clothing, housing and family support. Prior to her nonprofit career, she was a graphic artist. Jaclyn continues to be active in various nonprofits. Jaclyn lives in beautiful Santa Barbara, California.
Shiwei Ye (Secretary) – USA
Shiwei has worked with local, regional and international human rights organisations in advocacy, research, human rights defenders protection, capacity-building, and grant-making in Southeast Asia and East Asia. Shiwei was the senior programme officer for the Chinese NGO Human Rights in China (HRIC), and he also worked as the Southeast Asia representative for the Sweden-based Civil Rights Defenders and the France-based International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH). Shiwei has a Masters of International Affairs, focusing on human rights, from Columbia University and a BA in International Relations, focusing on peace and security, from the University of California Davis.
Jessica Soto (Member) – Philippines
Jessica Umanos Soto has an academic background on the fields of Biology and Social Science from Central Luzon State University and Polytechnic University of the Philippines, respectively. Ms. Soto earned her Master Degree on Inter-Asian NGO Studies in Sungkonghoe University in South Korea. Ms. Soto is also an alumnus of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) for the Program for Development Managers and the East West Center and University Berkeley- California for the Summer Course on International Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law in Asia Pacific. Professionally, Ms. Soto is a leading authority on human rights, such as child and women’s rights, gender equality, sustainable and social development; rights based approach to democracy and good governance. Ms. Soto has an extensive social development experience in the last 28 years including with the Philippine Ecumenical Action for Community Empowerment as training and community organizing specialist and with the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement. Ms. Soto was country director for Amnesty International for 10 years and has been in the recent past the Asia Programme Officer for Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions based in Cambodia for the Women and Housing Rights Programme covering 5 Southeast Asian countries. Ms. Soto has also provided her expertise on short term project consultancies for the World Bank, with the Psychosocial and Child Rights Resource Center for UNICEF-Thailand, and Association for Progressive Communications Women Supporting Programme, the Asian Network for Food Sovereignty and ChildFund Philippines, among others. Currently, Ms. Soto is the country director for the Kooperation Utan Granser or commonly known in the Philippines as Swedish Cooperative Center and a member of the Board of Directors for VOICE.
Hoi Trinh (Member & Founder) – USA
Hoi Trinh is an Australian lawyer of Vietnamese origin. He obtained his arts and law degrees in 1995 at Melbourne University (Australia) and master degree at Oxford University (U.K.). A corporate lawyer in Sydney in the mid 90s, Hoi first left Australia to volunteer in Hong Kong and later in the Philippines where he set up a legal aid office to assist the last remaining Vietnamese boat people left stateless there since 1989. In 2005, Hoi co-founded VOICE (Vietnamese Overseas Initiative for Conscience Empowerment), a non-profit organization established in the US to help build civil society in Vietnam and assist refugees from that country. Currently, VOICE is focusing on providing legal assistance for the remaining Vietnamese refugees in Southeast Asia and assisting local Vietnamese lawyers and civil rights defenders in their quest to exercise their rights to freedom of information and expression. A recipient of the 1998 Young Vietnamese Australian of the Year Award, Hoi was recognized as one of the national top young lawyers at the 1999 Young Australian Lawyer of the Year Award Ceremony. In 2000, Hoi was selected as a torchbearer for the Sydney Summer Olympics. He was awarded Australia Oxford-Chevening scholarship in 2001.